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    The Kansas Jayhawks are in the WNIT's Fab Four and just one win away from playing for a national championship.
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    The Lawrence school board votes to close two elementary schools... the state's highest court hears oral arguments in two abortion-related cases... and a new study says the rate of firearm deaths in Kansas is 24% higher than the national average, not because of homicides but because Kansans die by firearm suicides at a higher rate. Those stories and more... here.
  • Rural areas are losing grocery stores to consolidation faster than their urban counterparts — but some communities have come up with innovative solutions.
  • A suspect in the shooting death of a Lawrence teenager has been charged with first-degree murder... lawmakers consider more legislation on transgender issues... the KU Health System starts using AI (Artificial Intelligence) to reduce provider burnout and improve patient care... and the Kansas State men's basketball team is headed to the Sweet 16. These headlines and more... here.
  • Happy St. Patrick's Day! A new report finds more than half of rural hospitals in Kansas are at risk of closing... a 14-year-old has been arrested following a fatal shooting in Topeka... and another train derails in Kansas. Those stories and more... here.
  • The Kansas Jayhawks advance in the NCAA Tournament... efforts stall to legalize medical marijuana in Kansas... wildfires erupt in Riley County... and state lawmakers look for a new way to raise their own pay. Those stories and more... here.
  • UPDATE: A federal regulatory board has approved a deal for Canadian Pacific to acquire KC Southern railroad... advocates for more affordable housing press lawmakers to act... demonstrators rally for Medicaid expansion at the Kansas Statehouse... and a new beef production plant could be coming to Olathe. Those stories and more... here.
  • State lawmakers grill an energy company executive about the massive oil spill in northern Kansas... water levels drop in the western part of the state... it's burning season in the Flint Hills... and human remains found in September have been identified as those of a missing Lawrence man. Those stories and more... here.
  • A weekend standoff in Overland Park ends with the death of a suspect... a Union Pacific train derails in Kansas... KU basketball coach Bill Self now recovering from a heart procedure... and more mountain lion sighting are reported across the state. Those stories and more... here.
  • Disability rights activist Judith Heumann passed away this month at the age of 75. This week on KPR Presents, it's a special encore broadcast of our 2020 conversation.
  • Kansas lawmakers pass a bill that bans biological males from competing in female sports; critics say it's an attack on transgender people... KU basketball coach Bill Self will miss the entire Big 12 Tournament... and Johnson County bans employees from using TikTok on county-owned devices. Those stories and more... here.
  • KU basketball coach Bill Self will miss the Big 12 tournament... Kansas lawmakers debate bills affecting transgender people... and more money is directed toward suicide prevention in Kansas. Those headlines and more... here.